A huge faceted and etched routed amethyst glass pendant is suspended from a long decorative single strand attached to wearable strands of glorious glass beads in this glorious '20s vintage lavaliere. Black faceted tube beads, faceted amethyst glass barrel beads, faceted clear rondelles, clear glass seed beads and two larger faceted round glass beads in amethyst comprise the necklace. Placement, shape, style and color are indicative of prevalent trends of the day. The shield shaped 8 sided glass pendant has faceting and etched routing on both sides. It is capped with a brasstone crown. The lavaliere is strung on some type of cording or string. There is a loop at the end of the single strand to which the pendant is attached with purple colored corded string. (The pendant itself has a wire connection ring protruding from it's brasstone cap.) Take a look at the photos for a close up look at the necklace's construction.
The necklace measures a wearable 19 inches long with sterling spring ring clasp. The single strand with pendant measures an additional 6 1/2 inches. The pendant proper is about 2 1/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches x 3/8 inch thick. Total length of the lavaliere is approximately 25 1/2 inches long. Weight is about 42 grams.
Condition is very good to excellent vintage. All components are intact. I am not sure if the stringing is original or has been redone. All beads and placement seem to be correct. The pendant may or may not have been reinforced with the coordinated color string at attachment point. Amazingly all beads appear to be free from damage. Even the delicate black faceted tube beads have no chips or breakage. Pendant remains free from cracks or breaks. On one side there may be three tiny flea bites on edge facets. Again...keeping in mind that this pendant is perhaps 80 to 90 years old, it has survived beautifully. Spring ring clasp secure. Since this is a vintage necklace I cannot vouch for it's "strength". The necklace is strung on cording or string so it may have weakened with age. That said...it is an outstanding example of the style of the times with appropriate components, colors and design.
The spring ring is signed "STERLING".
Lavalieres were popular choices from the Edwardian period through the 1920s. As the 1930s approached, Art Deco brought us a whole new look and attitude.
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